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Old 04 Mar 2007, 08:38   #1 (permalink)
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I not sure if this is the right board but I couldn't think of a better place to put it.

I'm planning on making some T-shirts with a friend of mine who has a good connection with a clothing manufacturer. I figured since I'm going to be doing all the artistic work I would design some 40k themed shirts. Obviously, it can't be anything that would infringe on the GW copyright.

For example, one I was thinking about would be a nurgle themed one with the three circles with seven's inside the circles and say "decay" and possibly have a guy in a gas mask in there too.

If you have any suggestions let me know. I'm going to be working on some designs tomorrow. Hopefully this isn't breaking any forum rules concerning advertising as I'm just looking for suggestions and as far as making shirts, people can just PM me until I get a website set up that I can put in my sig.

Let me know if anyone has some ideas so I can get to work as soon as possible.

Also, if anyone knows if this would, in any way,infringe on copyrighted GW material let me know before I get started.
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Old 04 Mar 2007, 15:37   #2 (permalink)
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You can put anything you want on a tshirt. If you're using their images and wearing it really all you're doing is giving them free advertising.

However what you cannot do is sell t shirts with anything copyrighted on them. So something like any of the chaos god symbols, the imperial aquilla or a space marine would be a no go.

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Old 04 Mar 2007, 16:20   #3 (permalink)
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What about if you gave them away free to donators?
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For ideas, may I direct you here http://forums.tauonline.org/index.php?topic=37639.0

Lots of good stuff IMO.


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Old 04 Mar 2007, 16:31   #5 (permalink)
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What about if you gave them away free to donators?
They would see that as effectively selling them. Perhaps you don't require a special website for them, because you could, in theory, (I'll have to check with the boss) could make some Tau Online ones which advertisie the forums and advertising GW.

I'd suggest you fire an email to GW legal department or whatever asking for what would be acceptable to be put on a t-shirt provided their provided free of charge (that bit is important if your looking to be able to distribute them in any way, shape or form to anyone).
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Old 04 Mar 2007, 16:57   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah I'd e-mail the GW legal department about this, as the rules for this type of thing can be dodgy.

If I remember correctly, 40K Online (when they were called Eldar Online) tried this, however GW didn't allow it. I'm thinking that the fact that "Tau" is a trademarked word of GW, we wouldn't be allowed to make T-Shirts with the word Tau anywhere on them. Again, I could be wrong, the best thing to do is e-mail the GW legal people (Link's on their website).
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My friend spraypainted the aquila onto his books and stuff lol, and he has Eldar symbols on his backback strap.
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Old 04 Mar 2007, 18:15   #8 (permalink)
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I went and checked the copyright section on the GW website. There copyright is pretty extensive, it even covers tattoos! I suppose I could still make a shirt that says "decay" but I think the three circles would probably in some way infringe on their intellectual property. They can't have intellectual property on numbers so I could still put three 7's on the shirt.

I'll send them an email regarding making Tau Online shirts. Would anyone be interested in buying some, assuming I get the ok from GW? Oh, and if TO says its ok.
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Old 04 Mar 2007, 20:12   #9 (permalink)
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It's fine by me, however that's only if GW say fully what's acceptable and the T-shirts fully follow what the e-mail instructs
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At this point, I wouldn't stress that your going to sell them. Although if GW are reasonable, they'd let you to recover the cost of the printing process, but not make a profit out of it. The price would just have to cover costs and that's all, if they let you even exchange money for them...
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